A long article in the South African Engineering News Online looks at the near future of medical technology and the effects of advances on human longevity. Conservative but optimistic, it might make a good introductory piece to pass to that healthy life extension skeptic you know (despite the obligatory misguided poverty gap lecture at the end - new technology is always expensive, but always falls in price and improves in quality if allowed the freedom to develop). "Never before has it been as possible to outwit the fiercely-ticking biological clock for longer. ... The good news is [that] the ageing process is much more malleable - susceptible to modification - than used to be thought."